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Moghul

[moh-guh l, -guhl, moh-guhl] /ˈmoʊ gəl, -gʌl, moʊˈgʌl/
noun, adjective
1.
Mogul (defs 1, 2, 6).

Mogul

or Moghul, Mughal (for defs 1, 2, 6)

[moh-guh l, -guhl, moh-guhl] /ˈmoʊ gəl, -gʌl, moʊˈgʌl/
noun
1.
any of the Mongol conquerors of India who established an empire that lasted from 1526 to 1857, but held only nominal power after 1803.
Compare Great Mogul.
2.
any of their descendants.
3.
(lowercase) an important, powerful, or influential person:
a mogul of the movie industry.
4.
a Mongol or Mongolian.
5.
Railroads. a steam locomotive having a two-wheeled front truck, six driving wheels, and no rear truck.
adjective
6.
of or relating to the Moguls or their empire.
Origin of Mogul
1580-1590
1580-90; < Persian mughul Mongol
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Historical Examples
  • The best cavalry of the Moghul army was no match for these fiery Dekhan cavaliers.

    Tara Philip Meadows Taylor
  • Dom Diego was, in truth, weary of the idleness of the Moghul officers.

    A Noble Queen, Vol. 3 (of 3) Philip Meadows Taylor
  • No one, he believed, knew that he belonged to the Moghul forces at all.

    A Noble Queen, Vol. 3 (of 3) Philip Meadows Taylor
  • All through the Moghul trenches the silence was almost oppressive.

    A Noble Queen, Vol. 3 (of 3) Philip Meadows Taylor
  • He might make his own terms, perhaps, through Osman Beg, with the Moghul general about the fort.

    A Noble Queen, Vol. 3 (of 3) Philip Meadows Taylor
  • And even the Moghul empire, which was always at war upon its frontiers, never acquired universal dominion.

    Studies in Literature and History Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
  • Osman Beg had, it was supposed, joined the Moghul army, but where he was serving in its wide empire no one seemed to know or care.

    A Noble Queen, Vol. 3 (of 3) Philip Meadows Taylor
  • Your women and children, O my sons, will hardly thank ye for abandoning them to the brutal violence of the Moghul soldiers.

    A Noble Queen, Vol. 3 (of 3) Philip Meadows Taylor
  • "They are clever men, these Moghul engineers," said the engineer officer who had before spoken.

    A Noble Queen, Vol. 3 (of 3) Philip Meadows Taylor
  • Changing trains at Moghul Serai, we discussed a vital matter as we waited on the platform.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for Moghul

mogul1

/ˈməʊɡʌl; məʊˈɡʌl/
noun
1.
an important or powerful person
2.
a type of steam locomotive with a wheel arrangement of two leading wheels, six driving wheels, and no trailing wheels
Word Origin
C18: from Mogul

mogul2

/ˈməʊɡəl/
noun
1.
a mound of hard snow on a ski slope
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from South German dialect Mugl

Mogul

/ˈməʊɡʌl; məʊˈɡʌl/
noun
1.
a member of the Muslim dynasty of Indian emperors established by Baber in 1526 See Great Mogul
2.
a Muslim Indian, Mongol, or Mongolian
adjective
3.
of or relating to the Moguls or their empire
Word Origin
C16: from Persian mughul Mongol
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Word Origin and History for Moghul

mogul

n.

"powerful person," 1670s, from Great Mogul, Mongol emperor of India after the conquest of 1520s, from Persian and Arabic mughal, mughul, alteration of Mongol (q.v.), the Asiatic people.

"elevation on a ski slope," 1961, probably [Barnhart] from Scandinavian (cf. dialectal Norwegian mugje, fem. muga, "a heap, a mound"), or [OED] from southern German dialect mugel in the same sense.

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